Airport Appointments….Residents and Taxpayers pay!

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Last week sometime after midnight, without prior notice to the public and over objection, the City Council allowed the City Attorney to proceed in hiring, at resident/taxpayer expense, outside legal counsel to defend the controversial appointments to the Boca Raton Airport Authority of a City Council member and the Deputy City Manager.

Attached here is the complete video dialogue of that late evening episode. It is about thirty minutes long and offers significant insight into the City Attorney’s justification and the Council’s reaction.

Basically, the argument goes something like this….elected and appointed officials, individually, should receive legal advice and counsel from the city attorney when their individual actions are challenged in outside third party agencies; to wit: Florida Commission on Ethics.

Really????

Since when does the City Attorney represent any person or any entity other than the City Council as a whole? The City Attorney’s proper role is to advise the Council as a body on legal matters. Even defending an individual member of the council is beyond the scope.

In the attached video it appears from the stated positions taken by council members, that the policy now is for the City Attorney to be available to defend challenges to any and all council members, any and all appointed officials, and any and all potential appointee regardless.

Talk about the theater of the absurd!!!!

Don’t take my word for this…..Please review the attached video and formulate your own opinion…..Yes, another ‘opinion de jour’….

YouTube – City Attoney Recommends Hiring Ourside Council

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Alfred Zucaro has resided in Palm Beach County since 1982 and has been a resident of Boca Raton since 2008. A graduate of Fordham University, he holds a Magna Cum Laude degree in Economics. Mr. Zucaro attended Nova University receiving a Juris Doctorate Law Degree in 1986. He is a member in good standing with the Florida Bar, practicing in the area of Immigration Law for the majority of his career. Currently he is manager/member of Palm Beach Investment and Finance LLC, a USCIS approved regional center identifying foreign investment leading to permanent resident status. Mr. Zucaro served as a City Commissioner in West Palm Beach from 1995 to 2002 and as the President of the City Commission in 2000/2001. He has also been a member of and/or served on the Economic Council, the Business Development Board, the Film and Television Commission, the Tourist Development Council, the Workforce Alliance and the Palm Beach International Film Festival. Of particular interest is his founding of the World Trade Center Palm Beach, an organization that focuses on international economic development. Married to Yvonne Boice, they are avid world travelers having visited 6 continents and dozens of countries since their 2008 nuptials.

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